The benefits of team-building and activities;

Teambuilding activity - Duck Herding at Inglewood Manor.

    Team-building outdoor activity – Duck Herding at Inglewood Manor.

Strong teamwork is proved to be one of the most important keys to a company’s success by achieving better workplace relationships; this having a positive impact on company goals and objectives.

By taking employees out of their everyday working environment, away from the predictable routines and patterns that they have become ever so familiar with, you are helping them to form stronger bonds and allowing each team member to express their key strengths and abilities.

Team-building activities present employees with challenges that allow them to have fun yet still remain competitive which as a whole reflects well on workplace culture by; reducing staff turnover rates, developing strong communication and creating a happy,

pleasant workforce who do not ‘dread’ going to work.

Below are 6 benefits that you are likely to see by encouraging team work;

  • Higher Motivation – Many business theories have stated that incentives for motivation are not just monetary, but rather by providing an insight into employee’s social needs and interests, whilst also building relationships with them maximises the standard of work produce. Team-building activities are a great way to give staff a much-needed break from their everyday working patterns, whilst still ensuring that they will gain beneficial skills to enhance company success.
  • Increases Productivity – Team-building challenges present people with situations in which working together is more effective. It allows members of staff to gain a better understanding of their co-workers skills and attitudes towards problem solving (especially in specialist jobs were staff primarily work on an individual basis). This knowledge will then be applied into the work environment as all staff will have a greater sense of each other skills and capabilities, resulting in a more efficient workforce.


  • Develops Problem Solving Skills – In everyday work environments, most employees will not be presented with the opportunity to put their key skills into use. In many cases, there will be a time that their skills could be effective however due to a lack of communication or co-worker relations, they have not showcased these skills and they remain unknown. However, team-building activities involve problems that must be solved; therefore participating employees will feel less pressure to rise to the challenge.
    This can also help with staff confidence, which has an effect on all aspects of employee performance. These problem solving skills can then be applied in the workplace and staff will feel more able to ask for help from co-workers when face with a challenge.


  • Enhances Communication and Trust – More fluid communication between employees enhances the ability to co-operate with each other. This can be through; non-verbal communication skills, attentive listening and understanding of perception. Team-building activities allow employees to get to know each other in a casual environment; this could simply be by talking about topics that don’t arise in the office e.g. family, hobbies outside of work etc. This proves effective in building trust between staff which is an essential factor to company culture, as it reduces the chance of workplace conflicts and disagreements.


  • Stimulates Creativity, Innovation and Learning – Brainstorming is a well known technique to bring together group opinions and views, which often eliminates narrow-minded or stale viewpoints which occur from working individually. Innovative ideas are often generated by combining unique perspectives from all individual tem members and maximises shared knowledge in the workplace, with members of the team adopting new skills from other employees.


  • Encourages a Wider Sense of Ownership and Healthy Risk-Taking – Team activities encourage workers to take pride in their contributions. Applying this to an office setting, this will allow employees to feel a higher sense of trust from the company as well as having a stronger connection to the company. By gaining a sense of ownership, it is likely that employees will have a higher level of job security and control, which in turn results in low turnover through loyalty.
    In many work scenarios, employees working individually will seek approval from others (mainly a higher level of staff) before they commit to making decisions, with the fear of receiving blame if anything goes wrong. However, when working in a team, were there is a shared responsibility and group approval, risks are taken more frequently. If the risk then pays off and the work is successful, then teams will often collaborate and produce ideas without seeking further approval; these ideas often tend to be the best as the team have thought outside of the box without hesitation.


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